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Travelers Nickname Pelican Banks off Hervey Bay as Australia’s Answer to the Maldives

A little-known island off the coast of Queensland has been dubbed Australia’s answer to the Maldives.

Sitting just a few miles from Hervey Bay, the Pelican Banks is arguably one of the most spectacular sights in the country, wowing tourists and fishermen with its pure white sand and crystal clear turquoise waters.

The short stretch on the Great Sandy Straits has garnered attention on Instagram, where travelers describe it as ‘paradise’ and ‘heaven on Earth’.

Bloggers Luke and Jess, who run the As we roam travel page said they were surprised to find the stunning island on a jet ski ride along the Fraser coast.

This little-known island off the coast of Queensland has been dubbed Australia's answer to the Maldives.

This little-known island off the coast of Queensland has been dubbed Australia’s answer to the Maldives.

Sitting just a few miles from Hervey Bay, the Pelican Banks pictured) is arguably one of the most spectacular sights in Australia.

Sitting just a few miles from Hervey Bay, the Pelican Banks pictured) is arguably one of the most spectacular sights in Australia.

Sitting just a few miles from Hervey Bay, the Pelican Banks pictured) is arguably one of the most spectacular sights in Australia.

Pelican Banks, off the coast of Hervey Bay, Queensland

Pelican Banks, off the coast of Hervey Bay, Queensland

Pelican Banks, off the coast of Hervey Bay, Queensland

The photos of the beach elicited delighted responses, with many saying they would visit as soon as the blockade is lifted in New South Wales and Victoria.

‘Wow, what a place! I will definitely visit soon! ‘one person wrote.

Another added: “Seriously, I need to get them somehow.”

A post on the official Fraser Coast account urged fans to make Banks their next destination on the wish list.

The island captivates tourists and fishermen with its pure white sand and crystal clear turquoise waters.

The island captivates tourists and fishermen with its pure white sand and crystal clear turquoise waters.

The island captivates tourists and fishermen with its pure white sand and crystal clear turquoise waters.

The small stretch on the Great Sandy Straits has garnered attention on Instagram, where travelers describe it as 'paradise' and 'heaven on Earth'

The small stretch on the Great Sandy Straits has garnered attention on Instagram, where travelers describe it as 'paradise' and 'heaven on Earth'

Travel bloggers Luke and Jess said they were surprised to find the stunning island on a jet ski ride off the coast of Fraser.

Travel bloggers Luke and Jess said they were surprised to find the stunning island on a jet ski ride off the coast of Fraser.

The small stretch on the Great Sandy Straits has garnered attention on Instagram, where travelers describe it as ‘paradise’ and ‘heaven on Earth’

The photos of the beach elicited delighted responses, with many saying they would visit as soon as the blockade is lifted in New South Wales and Victoria.

The photos of the beach elicited delighted responses, with many saying they would visit as soon as the blockade is lifted in New South Wales and Victoria.

The photos of the beach elicited delighted responses, with many saying they would visit as soon as the blockade is lifted in New South Wales and Victoria.

Maldives schmaldives! Why would you want to go anywhere else when you have THIS in your backyard? He said.

It’s the last place in the Sunshine State to compare to a tropical vacation spot.

Seasoned travelers recently praised a remote island in central Queensland as one of Australia’s most beautiful vacation spots, and you’ve probably never heard of it.

Situated 15 kilometers from the town of Yeppoon on the idyllic Capricorn coast, Great Keppel Island is one of the country’s last hidden gems, inspiring visitors with turquoise waves and long stretches of glistening white sand.

Seasoned travelers have hailed this remote island in central Queensland as one of Australia's most beautiful vacation spots, and you've probably never heard of it.

Seasoned travelers have hailed this remote island in central Queensland as one of Australia's most beautiful vacation spots, and you've probably never heard of it.

Located 15 kilometers from the town of Yeppoon on the Capricorn coast, Great Keppel Island is one of the country's last hidden gems.

Located 15 kilometers from the town of Yeppoon on the Capricorn coast, Great Keppel Island is one of the country's last hidden gems.

Seasoned travelers have hailed this remote island in central Queensland as one of Australia’s most beautiful vacation spots, and you’ve probably never heard of it.

The island wows visitors with turquoise waves and long stretches of glistening white sand.

The island wows visitors with turquoise waves and long stretches of glistening white sand.

The island wows visitors with turquoise waves and long stretches of glistening white sand.

Great Keppel Island, 15 km from Yeppoon on the Capricorn coast of Queensland

Great Keppel Island, 15 km from Yeppoon on the Capricorn coast of Queensland

Great Keppel Island, 15 km from Yeppoon on the Capricorn coast of Queensland

The 1,308 hectare island, the largest of the 18 islands in the Keppel Group, is described as ‘one of the best getaways’ on the Southern Great Barrier Reef thanks to its world-class snorkeling and spectacular sunsets.

Great Keppel has 17 stunning beaches and rugged hiking trails where you are likely to see colorful native animals, including bright rainbow parrots, bluetongue lizards, and jewel-toned butterflies.

Much of the island similar to the Maldives is so intact that ‘it could be the only one that leaves footprints in the sand’, according to the Australian Tourism Website.

The island can be reached by taking a 30-minute ferry from Rosslyn Bay port in Yeppoon, either at Pier One or at Keppel Bay Marina.

Great Keppel has 17 stunning beaches and rugged hiking trails where you are likely to see colorful native animals, including bright rainbow parrots and jewel-toned butterflies.

Great Keppel has 17 stunning beaches and rugged hiking trails where you are likely to see colorful native animals, including bright rainbow parrots and jewel-toned butterflies.

Great Keppel has 17 stunning beaches and rugged hiking trails where you are likely to see colorful native animals, including bright rainbow parrots and jewel-toned butterflies.

The boats leave twice a day Monday through Friday and three times a day on weekends.

While there are plans to build a major complex in Great Keppel, the existing accommodation options are fairly basic.

Beachfront cabins start at $ 153 per night, while more adventurous visitors can choose from a variety of glamping and eco-friendly safari tents on the quiet side of the island.

Travelers have called the island their 'favorite place in Queensland'

Travelers have called the island their 'favorite place in Queensland'

Travelers have called the island their ‘favorite place in Queensland’

Van Life bloggers Jimmy and Sarah aka ‘The Sandy Van’ called it their ‘favorite place in Queensland so far’.

“We explored the island for two days: we jumped across the bay, we snorkled and sunbathed. We had some beaches to ourselves and saw the best sunset we can remember, ” Sarah wrote in an Instagram post.

Bloggers Alex and James, who publish as Twosome Travelers, added: ‘Until a few weeks ago, we never knew this place existed. Now we can’t stop thinking about it. ‘

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